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A closeup of a boiler.

What is a Boiler?

Most people immediately think of furnaces when opting to heat their homes. However, boilers provide a highly effective heat option, have a long life, can reach high heating efficiencies, and some types require little or no pumping energy. Boilers are an important part of a central heating system. They’re a continuous closed loop of pipes carrying heated water (or steam) throughout your home. As the water runs through the pipes, running through radiators, the hot water cools on its path as it gives off its heat, heating your rooms, then returns back to the boiler to be reheated again. The boiler keeps firing, to continuously reheat the returned cool water, and then sends it on its way again throughout your home.

How Does a Boiler Work?

The boiler is controlled/turned on with an electric switch, which when turned on, opens a valve where the gas enters a combustion chamber. There is a continuous stream of natural gas via a pipe attached to the home’s gas main, usually from the street, that feeds a fire inside this chamber. Its electric ignition system is what lights these small jets of gas. The gas jets fire onto a heat exchanger connected to the water pipe carrying the cold water. The heat exchanger takes the gas-generated heat and heats the water, typically to around 140ºF (60ºC). The now-hot water is pushed throughout the home. An electric pump inside or very near the boiler keeps the water flowing through the loop of pipes and radiators.

Is a Boiler Right for My Home?

Typically, boilers are categorized into different types based on their fuel type, working pressure and temperature, size and capacity, draft method, and whether or not they condense the water vapor in the combustion gases. Sometimes boilers are described by some by their key components, such as heat exchanger materials or tube design.

The two main types of boilers are Firetube and Watertube boilers. In the former, the Firetube boiler, combustion hot gases flow through a system of tubes surrounded by water. In the latter, the Watertube boiler, water flows in the inside of the tubes, and the combustion hot gases flow around the outside of the tubes.

Contact Pond's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning to speak with a knowledgeable technician on the best type of boiler for your home in Centerville, UT.

Boiler Maintenance

As mentioned above, boilers have some wonderful advantages (long life, highly effective, high heat efficiency), but they do need to be maintained on a regular basis to keep these advantages. If neglected, boilers’ repairs can be costly and fuel bills can add up quickly. If you currently have a boiler and it's been awhile since you’ve had maintenance performed on it, or if you’re thinking of installing a boiler, call Pond's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians would be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.

Need Boiler Service?

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Boiler Repair in Ogden, UT 84401

“Tim and Dennis identified the problem and fixed it. Look forward to having them work on my boiler in the future.” – Jeffrey B.

Boiler Maintenance in Salt Lake City, UT 84105

“John was the most professional and knowledgeable technician that we have ever had service our boiler!
Without hesitation, I recommend John(Ponds) to anyone in the area that has a boiler for heating.
John is very knowledgeable about boilers. His review of our system was thorough. He quickly assessed our boilers situation, addressed a disabled safety shutoff that had been ignored/ bypassed by a previous companies technician.
I am very confident that our boiler is once again running at its highest efficiency.
Ponds is definitely our go to provider for our boiler maintenance.” – Fred L.

Boiler Repair in Park City, UT 84098

“Alex was prompt, fixed the problem and kept us informed on the repair status. I would highly recommend Ponds and Alex as a technician.” – Laurie Z.

Boiler Maintenance in Bountiful, UT 84010

“They were on time, courteous, and efficient. Tim took the time to discuss with me my understanding and computer workings of the boiler and reasons for faulting. He also checked on various costs associated with other repair items.” – Douglas N.

Boiler Repair in Liberty, UT 84310

“Jeff did a thorough diagnosis and clearly communicated his findings. He discussed component replacements options, made arrangements to have some parts delivered by Jon Arbuckle who stayed on site to help with the work. After replacing the defective components they restarted the system and carefully checked to ensure the it was operating properly. Jeff reviewed the work that was completed and the associated charges before taking payment. My wife and I highly value our long standing relationship with Pond's and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come.” – Barry S.

Boiler Repair in Holladay, UT 84117

“He is always efficient, pleasant does a great job. He’s helped us for years. Always professional and easy to work with and super helpful!” – Simone M.

Boiler Maintenance in Park City, UT 84060

“Tim was on time, communicated well, did a thorough job and a thorough explanation. He was very professional.” – Julie P.

Boiler Maintenance in Salt Lake City, UT 84117-4312

“Explained the service he performed well and answered all my questions.”

Boiler Repair in Salt Lake City, UT 84106

“John came in and did a thorough assessment and diagnosis of our heating system and repaired a few items and made some adjustments and when he left it was working correctly.” – Ed S.

Boiler Maintenance in Park City, UT 84036

“Good visit.” – Sandy B.

Pond's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning proudly provides HVAC service to Bountiful, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful, Centerville, Park City and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 801-203-3526, or request service online today.